MCN Fleet

These are the 10 new-for-2020 bikes that will be joining this year’s MCN long-term test fleet. From retros to nakeds, superbikes to adventure machines, our team of highly experienced riders will be taking them on road, track and dirt – both at home and abroad – to cut through the marketing hype and find out just how well each one performs.

Along the way we’ll be testing tyres, kit and hard-parts, speaking to experts and owners, logging every tank of fuel and enjoying each and every mile in order to bring you the most thorough review possible. And if you own one of these models, please get in touch with us and we’ll compare notes.

To read each bike's full review, click on the images below. We will continue to update these pages as the year progresses. There will also be plenty of posts to social media and our #ride5000miles page.

Click on the pictures below:

Read MCN's expert BMW F900XR TE long term test here Read MCN's expert Ducati Streetfighter V4 S long term test review here
Read MCN's expert Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES Plus long term test review here  Read MCN's expert Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP long term test review here
 Read MCN's expert Kawasaki Z H2 long term test review here  Read MCN's expert KTM 1290 Super Duke GT long term test review here
 Read MCN's expert Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 long term test review here  Read MCN's expert Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT long term test review here
 Read MCN's expert Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro long term test review here  Read MCN's expert Yamaha Tenere 700 long term test review here


MCN Fleet 2020 videos

View a selection of expert video reviews of some of our long-term test bikes from their respective launches.

Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP

Kawasaki Z H2

Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT

BMW F900XR


Check out previous MCN Fleets below:

MCN Fleet 2018 

MCN Fleet: The new Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT is ready for the off

MCN Fleet: The new Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT is ready for the off

Right at the start of the coronavirus lockdown, I kept myself busy and did my good deeds for society by joining the Bike Shed Community Response volunteers. Spending a few days moving PPE in an...

Getting a grip on the T700: tyre comparison tests roll on for Yamaha’s parallel twin

Getting a grip on the T700: tyre comparison tests roll on for Yamaha’s parallel twin

I was really impressed with the OE Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tyres that came fitted as standard on the Yamaha Ténéré 700. They were smooth and grippy on the road and more than capable of handling...

MCN Fleet: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT story so far

MCN Fleet: KTM 1290 Super Duke GT story so far

It was a crisp early February morning in the MCN carpark when I first set eyes on the 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT. Angular, aggressive and booming from its single exhaust can, there was the promise of...

MCN Fleet: Covid Travels for the BMW F900XR TE

MCN Fleet: Covid Travels for the BMW F900XR TE

It’s my first big riding adventure of 2020. In a 'normal' year I’d have already clocked up thousands of touring miles but 2020 is proving to be anything but normal. Like many, my dreams of far-flung...

MCN Fleet: Fire and brimstone - the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP hits Silverstone

MCN Fleet: Fire and brimstone - the Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP hits Silverstone

It’s there in black and white on Honda’s website: 'The CBR1000RR-R SP is not built with a road-rider's needs in mind; the race-track is where it belongs.' The Big H have made no bones about it,...

MCN Fleet: Shockingly good move

MCN Fleet: Shockingly good move

There isn’t a lot wrong with the way the Interceptor rides. That’s clear by the sales figures as much as anything else – it was among the UK’s best-selling bikes during June 2020. Sure, it’s cheap,...

MCN Fleet: Sorry, how much? Exploring the costs of Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

MCN Fleet: Sorry, how much? Exploring the costs of Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

'My' Ducati Streetfighter V4 S is a technological masterpiece with huge power and wings. but costing £19,975 there’s no way I could actually afford one. Or could I? Buying it outright would be out of...

MCN Fleet: What's new on the Honda Africa Twin?

MCN Fleet: What's new on the Honda Africa Twin?

It’s been a strange few months, dominated by our news feeds and limitations on our freedom of movement. For me, it’s been the most riding-devoid period of the last 25 years, and I’ve not enjoyed it.

MCN Fleet: Time to hit the trails on the Triumph Tiger Rally Pro

MCN Fleet: Time to hit the trails on the Triumph Tiger Rally Pro

I want to see how the extra capacity and firing order of the Triumph Tiger 900 work on the dirt. I’ve got camping trips planned, plus I’m keen to explore the North of Scotland, and gain a clear...

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki Z H2 ready to spice up the commute

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki Z H2 ready to spice up the commute

This Kawasaki Z H2 will be the most powerful bike I’ve ever had in the garage, producing 197bhp married to 101ftlb of torque. I’m looking forward to experiencing the re-worked engine which, according...

MCN Fleet: time to wash and go

MCN Fleet: time to wash and go

It’s time to wave goodbye to the Honda CBR650R and I’ll be really sad to see it go. Related: full expert Honda CBR650R review on MCN One of my concerns at the start of this long-term test was that...

MCN Fleet: Waving goodbye to Kawasaki’s Green Giant

MCN Fleet: Waving goodbye to Kawasaki’s Green Giant

'Christ this thing’s big… I’m not sure what I’ve got myself in for here,' is what I told myself as I wobbled out of the MCN carpark for the first-time aboard Kawasaki’s Versys 1000 SE almost a year...

MCN Fleet: Commuting is a piece of cake on the Yamaha XMAX 400

MCN Fleet: Commuting is a piece of cake on the Yamaha XMAX 400

This time of year depresses me - the days are grey, nights are long and winter feels like it’s never going to end. There is one ray of sunshine though, my daily commute on the Yamaha XMAX 400...

MCN Fleet: KTM 790 Adventure R delivers on its potential

MCN Fleet: KTM 790 Adventure R delivers on its potential

The start of every year is always filled with such high expectation of rides, adventures and quality time on your bike. But life is busy and it’s so easy for the summer months to drift past and you...

MCN Fleet: The cat's out of the bag for the Scrambler XE

MCN Fleet: The cat's out of the bag for the Scrambler XE

The look of a bike is one thing, but the sound of a bike, well now you’re talking. For me, my ultimate is a big thumping single. To my ears, it’s unbeatable. The big twin Triumph Scrambler 1200XE...

MCN Fleet: A grand off the Suzuki Katana could prove tempting

MCN Fleet: A grand off the Suzuki Katana could prove tempting

Suzuki somewhat jumped on the bandwagon with the 2019 Katana having no doubt seen the success of the Kawasaki Z900RS. Take a tried and tested road bike, in this case the Suzuki GSX-S1000, give it a...

MCN Fleet: Torquey Triumph Speed Twin shows mercy on its stock tyres

MCN Fleet: Torquey Triumph Speed Twin shows mercy on its stock tyres

Looking back on those heady days of Springtime, when the tarmac was warm and the Triumph Speed Twin's odometer was only showing triple digits, I distinctly remember wondering about how much abuse the...

MCN Fleet: Simon meets another owner to swap Scrambler stories

MCN Fleet: Simon meets another owner to swap Scrambler stories

One of the cool things about niche bikes like the Ducati Scrambler Café Racer is that owners tend to be real enthusiasts and there are a couple of really active Facebook groups where the Scrambleristi...

MCN Fleet: Final Farewell for Ducati Diavel 1260S

MCN Fleet: Final Farewell for Ducati Diavel 1260S

It’s been an interesting year of riding; not my most enjoyable but that’s not the fault of the beautiful Ducati Diavel 1260S. The bike’s a stunner and has a shopping list of top spec parts that...

MCN Fleet: 21 weeks, 9096 miles and one hell of a ride

MCN Fleet: 21 weeks, 9096 miles and one hell of a ride

419 miles Friday 31 May. Moments after grabbing the keys to my 2019 BMW S1000RR I’m heading to the Nürburgring, marvelling at my Beemer’s lightness and low-down torque. Cruise control, heated...

MCN Fleet: Can Yamaha’s Niken GT cut it as a genuine mile-muncher?

MCN Fleet: Can Yamaha’s Niken GT cut it as a genuine mile-muncher?

It’s just gone 1.30am as I fire up the Niken’s triple and prepare to negotiate my way off the Steam Packet’s catamaran on my return from the Isle of Man. I’m one of the last to leave, mainly because...

MCN Fleet: 4600 miles in on the Indian FTR1200S

MCN Fleet: 4600 miles in on the Indian FTR1200S

For the most part, the Indian FTR1200S is great out of the crate but (there’s always a but) the stock Dunlop DT3-R tyres leave a lot of room for improvement. In the dry they’re fine but the savage...

MCN Fleet: The BMW R1250GSA is a robot with personality

MCN Fleet: The BMW R1250GSA is a robot with personality

I really wanted to find a catastrophic flaw in the BMW R1250GSA’s skill set this year. It’s nothing personal, but having covered around 35,000 miles on GSs over the last five years, the cachet of...

MCN Fleet: It's the final countdown...for the Yamaha Tracer 900GT

MCN Fleet: It's the final countdown...for the Yamaha Tracer 900GT

Update 15: Retracing My Steps It’s been a fun-filled ten months and life won’t be the same now I’ve said goodbye to the Yamaha Tracer 900GT. With my longest solo tour to date, and weekends away with...

MCN Fleet: The Suzuki SV650X is like owning a puppy

MCN Fleet: The Suzuki SV650X is like owning a puppy

Or at least I think it is… Over the last 11 months the £6199 Suzuki SV650X has wormed its way into my heart and I will be sad to see it go back to its true custodians in the coming weeks. With...

MCN Fleet: Triumph Tiger 1200 XCA - Luggage options

MCN Fleet: Triumph Tiger 1200 XCA  - Luggage options

One of the real benefits of adventure bikes is that you can lug stuff around easily – whether that’s a load of camping gear to Africa, or the Christmas shop back from Sainsburys. Like most...

Ducati Panigale V4 S: 8467 miles of V4 heaven

Ducati Panigale V4 S: 8467 miles of V4 heaven

Update 9: Ducati V4 S - 8467 miles of V4 heaven Published 9 January 2019 A look back on my year with Ducati's stunner: 626 miles Friday 20th April: collect my V4 S from Ducati UK, Silverstone. Scoot...

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE's final sunset

MCN Fleet: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE's final sunset

It might seem like a fair amount of riding for nine months of movement, but 9612 miles disappear with no effort whatsoever aboard the Ninja H2 SX SE. If I hadn’t been distracted by other two-wheeled...

MCN Fleet: A riding year with a Yamaha MT-09 SP

MCN Fleet: A riding year with a Yamaha MT-09 SP

Over the last six months our Yamaha MT-09SP test bike has been subjected to everything from 900-mile days, to commuting to fast-group trackdays. We wanted to leave you with our final thought on the SP...

MCN Fleet: CB1000R+ first service and new luggage

MCN Fleet: CB1000R+ first service and new luggage

Service please! Barely having cocked my leg over the new Honda CB1000R, I find myself riding it off to Honda for its first service, I arrive with 601 miles on the clock, perfect. Related: full Honda...

MCN Fleet: Ducati Scrambler 1100 - Your questions answered

MCN Fleet: Ducati Scrambler 1100 - Your questions answered

Ducati Scrambler 1100 Special long term test review Sports reporter Oli Rushby is spending the summer with Ducati's Scrambler 1100 Special... as well as a hefty 138-mile round trip commute to our...

MCN Fleet: Over 6000 miles and the love continues to flourish

MCN Fleet: Over 6000 miles and the love continues to flourish

What have we learned after 6000 miles on the café-style Kawasaki Z900RS? After trackdays, commutes and even a trip to the TT, MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child reveals all. Read the Kawasaki...

MCN Fleet: Your KTM 790 Duke questions answered

MCN Fleet: Your KTM 790 Duke questions answered

Q Do you miss having adjustable suspension? Johnny Hinds, on email In a way their absence of any damping adjusters is liberating, particularly at trackdays. This is an uncluttered motorcycle with a...

MCN Fleet: Getting dirty with the BMW F850 GS

MCN Fleet: Getting dirty with the BMW F850 GS

UPDATE 2: Getting Dirty with the F850 GS I have to admit that I’m not really the off road type. Sure I was a dirt bike junkie as a kid but my love for off road dwindled and I’ve become more...

MCN FLEET: Zero DSR has a lot to offer

MCN FLEET: Zero DSR has a lot to offer

I've had the odd go on an electric bike, but actually owning one, running one day in and day out is a whole different ball game. First of all there's the lack of a clutch, of gears, of engine noise.

MCN Fleet: Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport - life so far

MCN Fleet: Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport - life so far

MCN Fleet: Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sport On route to the TET - let the adventure begin Twelve months ago I met a guy who was on his way back from riding in Spain. He was on a fully loaded CCM...